London Fire Brigade

Linford Christie quick out the blocks to assist firefighters after Hillingdon traffic collision

31 May 2016

Olympic sprinter Linford Christie has been praised by firefighters after he was quick to assist crews at a traffic collision last week.

Witnesses had called 999 to report the two car collision on the A40 in Denham but were unable to give a precise location for the incident.

Fortunately, the former 100m gold medallist had been passing and was able to direct firefighters from Hillingdon fire station as they approached the scene.

Blue watch crew manager Jonathan Kerslake said the athlete's actions helped ensure a quick response and also highlighted the importance of giving the most accurate information possible when calling 999. 

He said; "Linford Christie had been passing by when it happened and had pulled over to help.

"He waved us to the correct location as the address on the call slip was vague, so it saved us valuable time in arriving.

"Afterwards he invited us to visit him at the track where he is training Olympic hopefuls. He was unbelievably nice and giving with his time."

The two cars had collided on the A40 eastbound exit slip road in Denham.

Firefighters made the scene safe and two people were treated by London Ambulance Service.

One fire engine from Hillingdon fire station and one fire engine and crew from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident on Thursday (26 May). The Brigade was called at 1027 and  firefighters left the scene at around 1057.